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The coronavirus pandemic has canceled a number of events around the country, and this includes Chick-fil-A’s beloved “First 100 Event” – where the first 100 customers get rewarded for their loyalty with free food if they attend a new store’s pre-grand opening celebration.
CHICK-FIL-A PUSHING NO CASH IN CORONAVIRUS
Since 2003, customers have lined up between 5:30 and 6 a.m. a full day before the opening of Chick-fil-a restaurant for the chance of winning the “Grand Prize” of one Chick-fil-A Sandwich Meal per week for a year. The lucky 100 recipients would be granted a chicken sandwich, medium waffle potato fries and a medium drink for 52 straight weeks.
However, due to the infectious and potentially deadly coronavirus, Chick-fil-A has canceled its First 100 Event for the “the health and well-being of our Guests, restaurant Operators and Team Members,” according to an updated company news release for future openings.
CHICK-FIL-A LAUNCHES MULTIMILLION CORONAVIRUS RELIEF EFFORT
The precautionary measure is being applied to the new Chick-fil-a locations that are opening in the middle of the pandemic, including two that are scheduled to open in North Carolina and three that are scheduled to open in California for the month of April.
It is not clear how long Chick-fil-A’s First 100 will be canceled or if a shift in demand has contributed to the chain’s decision to temporarily end the chance of winning weekly free meals amid economic uncertainty.
DESPITE RELAXED CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS, CHICK-FIL-A WON'T REOPEN DINING ROOMS